El-Beit magazine has started an initiative called 'For our City' in its annual issue, which was released this July with the title 'Cairo… The City and the Creativity,' commemorating the magazine's 18 years.
The magazine invited 50 of Egypt's most famous creative people in the fields of architecture, design, art and manufacturing to talk about their visions to develop Cairo.
Sawsan Morad Ezzelarab, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, said that the initiative aims at gathering the creative power and of these minds and implementing their vision in the real world.
"I'm proud to invite 50 of Egypt's most creative minds to look into their vision of the renaissance of our great capital. Egypt is full of creative minds with a patriotic vision. We hosted them in some of Cairo's most monumental places such as Samaa Khana, Hassan Fathi's home, Aisha Fahmy Palace, the Grand Egyptian Museum, Mohamed Ali Club, and Prince Taz Palace," Ezzelarab said.
The magazine issue featured photo shoots at the above-mentioned locations with some of some of the most renowned designers in Egypt.
At the Grand Egyptian Museum, designers Amr Helmy, Mohan Hussein, Karim Mekhtigian, Hisham Ghorab, Mohamed Said, Mohamed Faris, Hany Saad, Sherif Morsy, Dina El-Khashab, and Khaled El-Shiti gathered beneath the colossal statue of Ramses to engage in four hours of debate.
At Beit El-Me'mar (Architecture House), architects Tarek Naga, Nabil Ghaly, Omar El-Farouk, Raif Fahmy, Amr Omar, Suhair Farid, and Akram El-Magdoub discussed their relation with Fatimid and Khedival Cairo. The visit held in honour of great Egyptian architect Hassan Fathi.
At the historical palace of Aisha Fahmy, artists Farouk Hosny, Adam Henin, Mohamed Abla, Mohamed Mandour, Essam Darwish and Ibrahim El-Desouky gathered to take pictures at the architecturally impressive palace.
In a section dedicated to manufacturers, the magazine invited Adham Nadim, Dalia El-Kattan, Abdel-Hamid Sabry, Amina Sabry, Hoda El-Attar, Amr Aransa, Ihab Derias and Sherif Abdel-Hady for a photo session at the Diplomatic Club (Mohamed Ali Club).
Samaa Kahna hosted jewellery and fashion designers Azza Fahmy, Marie Louis Bishara, Shahira Mehrez, Shahira Fahmy, Suzanne El-Masry and Randa Fahmy.
At the Prince Taz Palace, a group of designers gathered for an open conversation about creativity and development. The group included Nadine Abdel-Ghaffar, Nidal Badr, Hossam Seif, Shseh Kamal, Hala Saleh, Shahir Majed, Eman Hussein, Ahmed Fayyad, Malak Rashad, Raja Kabil, and Mohamed Badie.
The magazine also dedicated a section to Cairo's most beautiful homes and some of the designs it had featured in its pages throughout the past 18 years, with brilliant shots by photographers Emad Abdel-Hady, Bassam Al-Zoghby, Yehia El-Alaily, Kamim El-Hayawan and Ali Zari'.
Cover of the annual issue
Architects at Hassan Fathi's home
Jewelry and Fashion designers
A group of designers at the working site of the Grand Egyptian Museum
A group of designers at Prince Taz Palace
A group of Manufacturers at the Diplomatic Club
Artists and painters at Aisha Fahmy's Palace